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Virginia Maulding-Whitlock


May 14, 1921
October 23, 2020


Virginia Maulding Whitlock, 99, died peacefully on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Virginia was born in St. Louis, MO, on May 14, 1921, the daughter of William and Edna (Bullington) Messex and was raised from age 3 by her great-aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Manion, in Vandalia, IL. She graduated from Vandalia High School and attended Southern Illinois University - Carbondale.

She married Paul T. Maulding in Chicago on May 18, 1944, and he preceded her in death on March 3, 1992. She married Dr. Richard F. Whitlock on January 1, 1995, and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her son, Paul, on June 15, 1987, her parents, and her great aunt and uncle.

Survivors that will remember Virginia’s generosity and wisdom include her beloved family: daughter, Martha, and her husband, James; granddaughters Amy (Michael) and Susan (David); 4 great-granddaughters and 4 great-grandsons; and niece Nancy and nephew Sam. In her later years they brought her great joys; she was proud of them all.

Virginia loved to entertain and was a gracious hostess to her family, neighbors, and those in her community. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, delighted in collecting antiques, and was a skilled seamstress for her daughter and granddaughters.
Virginia spent her entire married life in Centralia where she was generous with her time and resources. She enjoyed serving the community through a variety of organizations: She was an elder, board member, and Sunday School teacher at First Christian Church, Centralia; member and past president of P.E.O.; and a 27-year board member and past president of the Centralia District Library. She served on the Kaskaskia College Foundation for 18 years, and on the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee and the local American Red Cross board. Additionally, she was a Murray Center volunteer and both a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.
For her service and contributions, she was recognized as an AAUW Woman of the Year, Illinois Library Association Trustee of the Year, and B&PW Woman of the Year.

A memory and hope service will be held at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ on Monday, November 2, at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Paula Comper officiating where those in attendance will be asked to wear a mask and practice social distance protocol. The graveside service will be private, and there will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Virginia’s passion for helping others, please make donations to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, the Kaskaskia College Foundation Scholarship Fund, or the Centralia Foundation for the Centralia Library. They will be accepted at the Irvin-Macz Funeral Home which is overseeing the arrangements.
Online condolences and memories of Virginia may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
“I haven’t climbed any mountains recently – I probably never will,
but I work daily - at a little hill.” - Virginia’s life philosophy, author unknown